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Sister Death (2023)

My quick rating - 6.3/10. Well, that was a chilling and captivating horror film that is leaving an impression, thanks to the masterful direction of Paco Plaza, one of the creative minds behind the REC films. This prequel to Plaza's 2017 hit, Veronica takes us on a terrifying journey into the dark side of the nun's world and proves to be an excellent addition to the genre, overshadowing the lackluster horror entries from this year. The film centers around Hermana Narcisa (Aria Bedmar), a novice nun whose life is marked by a childhood miracle. Her path leads her to a school where she teaches young girls, and this is where the sinister tale unfolds. Plaza's name is almost a guarantee of quality in the horror genre, and this flick lives up to that reputation. One high point is its storytelling depth. Despite its relatively short 90-minute runtime, the film manages to weave a complex plot that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Plaza's use of visual metaphors is particularly impressive, adding layers of symbolism to the story. The incorporation of the "eclipse" element is a stroke of brilliance, enhancing the overall atmosphere and mystique of the film. The movie's structure is a strong suit, with the final act standing out as truly spectacular. While the first two acts may seem slightly less effective from a narrative standpoint, they lay the groundwork for a satisfying and chilling resolution. The atmospherics, even in these initial acts, are remarkably well-crafted, creating a sense of unease that lingers throughout the film. It excels in its aesthetic design, showcasing visually spooky frames that set it apart from generic supernatural horror films. Close-up shots are utilized to great effect, adding an intimate and unsettling dimension to the scares. The innovative use of gore and the commendable performances of the child actors further elevate the film, making it a standout in the horror genre. One minor critique I noted was the occasional inclusion of synth beats in chilling scenes, which may momentarily disrupt the immersion. However, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise exceptional flick. With a depth of storytelling and memorable scares, Sister Death is a must-watch for those in search of a genuinely chilling and thought-provoking horror film.

Netflix is the place to check this one out.

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